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Royals return to Reading victorious!

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: May 27 2013 05:39:38 AM CDT

Reading Royals return home as champs

READING, Pa. -

The now-national champion Reading Royals arrived home Sunday night to a cheering crowd of hundreds at the Sovereign Center.

"Just what you see here, it's unbelievable," said team captain Yannick Tifu.

The team snagged its first Kelly Cup ECHL hockey championship in team history Saturday, with a shut-out 6-0 win over Stockton California.

"I stayed up all night, actually," said fan Justin Strohm of Reading. "I had no sleep. I couldn't fall asleep."

John and Louise Morissette of Exeter Twp. actually made the trek all the way to California to watch the game that won it all.

"After the first game we had here, I got home and I told her, 'Let's go,'" said John.

For these fans, this win has been a long time coming. Many of them have been with this team since day one in Reading.

"Since Day One, we have been season ticket holders," said Louise Morissette.

"I missed the first two years," said fan Fred Marks of Reading. "This will be my tenth year, so yes, I'm excited."

If you didn't make it out Sunday night, you'll get another chance to welcome the Royals home. A victory parade is planned for Wednesday night at 6:00, running from Wyomissing to the Sovereign Center.

After they arrived, Tifu could barely hold back his emotions.

"It was great to celebrate with the family, but it was great to celebrate with the city too," he said. "The city waited 12 years for that, and I think they deserve it."